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Vikes overpower WLC

  • Mascenic’s TJ Hiott rips down a board just out of the grasp of WLC’s Cody Tetrault on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Warrior boys are back on the right track, but even a marked improvement wasn’t enough to slow undefeated Mascenic on Tuesday night, as the Vikings took it to Wilton-Lyndeborough, 55-35.

“We just come into every game expecting to win, no matter who were are playing,” said sophomore guard Sammy Stauffeneker. That attitude was apparent throughout the Viking roster, as ten players scored for Mascenic on the night. The Vikings hit 11 threes, with Stauffeneker knocking down six longballs by himself.

“We knew they were going to come in and play us zone,” said Mascenic head coach Jay Starr, “so we just had to make the extra pass, play really unselfish, and get good looks, and I think we did a pretty good job of it, especially in the second half.”

The rebuilding Warriors, meanwhile, played a good game, building on the success they’ve found under new head coach Flip Tremblay. Since taking over at the holiday break, Tremblay and the boys picked up their first win — at Hinsdale last week — and continue to improve day-to-day.

“It’s baby steps,” Tremblay said. “Totally different program from what they’re used to. They’ll catch up, it’ll take a little bit of time.”

WLC had a tough time scoring against the Vikings, with just 12 points in the first half. Jack Schwab led the Warriors with 14 points on four threes, while senior Jake Levert scored eight.

“It’s just one of these days where we were getting good open looks, they just weren’t falling,” Tremblay said. He said that going forward, the undersized Warriors will focus on ball movement, sharing the ball and trusting each other. So far, the results have been good.

“I think they played a pretty good game,” Starr said, “it some outside shots. Much improved even since I saw them in the Christmas tournament.”

Mascenic is now 6-0, second in Division III behind undefeated Hopkinton and tied with Somersworth. The Vikings host Newport (2-2) Friday at 7 p.m.

WLC (1-5) travels to Nute (0-5) Friday at 7 p.m.

Sports Editor Ben Conant can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 226, or bconant@ledgertranscript.com.